Ajinkya Rahane's snare went unproductive in recent home series as the Indian ace batsman failed to get runs. His downfall has given Indian team and fans a scare but believing in his ability, no one has lost hope from him.
Recently, during the Dr. Dayal Foundation annual award ceremony on Thursday, Robin Uthappa hoped that the rough form of the Test vice-captain will not be an issue as soon as the South Africa tour starts.
"There comes a bad patch in every cricketer's career, even the great Sunil Gavaskar went through it. It can happen to any cricketer. The sooner his lean patch ends its better for Indian cricket," Uthappa told reporters after distributing 50 cricket kits to budding cricketers at the event.
Asked about his advice to the struggling right-hander, the Uthappa stated, "I suppose he should just keep playing. I am sure the selectors have enough faith (in him), which is why they are continuing with him. I wish him to get back to his form very soon and score lots of runs."
Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar, who also showed confidence in Rahane went on to praise India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, who recently blasted a record third ODI double ton.
"Rohit is certainly a damn good player and I expect him to do well in South Africa," he said.
The 76-year-old, who has seen the change in cricket also spoke on the current cricket condition. "You have to move with time, also with the crowd's demands. Cricket can't survive without entertaining the crowd."
"Also the wickets are getting much better these days while the (bowling) attack of teams is getting very much stereotyped for which it becomes easier for the batsmen," Wadekar added.